Buddhist group slams PDRC abbot

The Buddhist Organisation of Thailand on Tuesday lodged a police complaint against Luang Pu Buddha Issara, a core member of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), accusing him of breaching the monkhoods' code of conduct.

Organisation secretary-general Sathian Promma said after filing the complaint at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok that Luang Pu Buddha Issara had violated the Buddhist Monk Act, which prohibits monks from being involved in politics.

Mr Sathian said the organisation has also accused the 58-year-old abbot of Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom of violating Section 113 of the Criminal Code, relating to insurrection, because he led protesters to besiege state buildings during the PDRC's Bangkok shutdown campaign aimed at forcing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

On Tuesday morning, Luang Pu Buddha led a group of PDRC demonstrators from the Chaeng Wattana government offices complex to the adjacent head offices of state-owned telecom operator TOT Plc and Thailand Post. There was no report of violence.

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Discussion 1 : 22/01/2014 at 09:11 AM
Balduin, Buddhist monks are forbid from certain things and must follow certain behaviours.
Discussion 2 : 22/01/2014 at 07:37 AM
We must have the Feb2 election to uphold democracy, but when and how we like we will gag and restrict any citizen we choose. Amazing Thailand.
Discussion 3 : 21/01/2014 at 08:01 PM
Luang Pu Buddha Issara is a black sheep of Thai Buddhism.
Discussion 4 : 21/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
In my opinion, he is modern in his own practice of his beliefs as a monk... not in their codes though.
Discussion 5 : 21/01/2014 at 05:29 PM
What about disciplinary actions on the red monks and nuns who supported the 2010 Red Shirt movement? Let's be fair.
Discussion 6 : 21/01/2014 at 05:06 PM
This has to be a first - monks filing police complaints against other monks ? What next ?
Discussion 7 : 21/01/2014 at 05:02 PM
Monk have right for free expression ! No reclamation about the red ones.
Discussion 8 : 21/01/2014 at 03:48 PM
Luang Pu Buddha Issara should be in the wat to preach divine teaching not the other way around. Another Luang Pu Niam Thong Kham in making....
Discussion 9 : 21/01/2014 at 03:40 PM
let the Buddhist leaders deal with him in their own way .
Discussion 10 : 21/01/2014 at 03:39 PM
Defrocking should be swift , this type of renegade is not needed as monks are to be not involved in ploitics at all .

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